October 17th, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Veterans Affairs operations are now back up and running.
The hospital and all medical services were never impacted, but the Veterans Benefits Administration was.
All regional VBA offices are open again and public contact services for veterans are resumed.
Furloughed employees are back to work meaning November 1st benefit checks will go out as scheduled.
Unfortunately the shutdown caused the backlog in disability claims to get even worse. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki says they still hope to eliminate the disability backlog by 2015.